Zhang, Webb lead PHS boys at districts
The Parkland boys swimming team gave a strong performance during the District 11 Class 3A Swimming Championships, finishing second in a field of 16 schools March 2 at Parkland High School.
The Trojans accumulated 302 points, well ahead of third-place Nazareth with 264.5 points. Rival Emmaus took first place with 511 points.
In the tournament’s eighth event, Parkland junior James Zhang took silver with superb swimming in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing with a time of 1:58.14. He also swam well in a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at 54.91. Teammate Gavin Webb, a junior, then cut loose with a solid display of swimming during the 500-yard freestyle, claiming second place in 4:43.42.
Gavin Webb also just missed out on third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle race as he took fourth in 1:45.94, roughly one second behind third-place finisher Luke Rautzhan (Emmaus) at 1:44.13.
“I feel like I could have went a little faster in both events I swam, but I’m happy with what I did,” said Gavin Webb of his performance.
Also performing well was the Trojans’ Shawn Kushner. The sophomore claimed fifth place in the IM with 2:00.05 time.
Then sensational sophomore Shawn Kushner took third place in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:00.87, a scant moment behind Emmaus’ Evan Bova at 1:00.48.
The Trojan relay teams also represented themselves well. In the 200-yard freestyle relay the Webb brothers - Gavin and Sidney - along with Kushner and Zhang illustrated strong teamwork in earning a fourth place finish at 1:30.32. The same foursome got back to work in the 400-yard freestyle, again earning a fourth place finish. Their time of 3:19.10, was barely ahead of a tough Southern Lehigh squad.
“I led off both relays and was able to throw down in both of those,” said Gavin Webb. “Actually faster than what I went in the 50 and 100. I’m pretty happy with my performance and this is a great group of guys. I couldn’t be prouder of my team.”
Gavin Webb also had high praise for his coach, Robert Robitaille.
“He’s the best coach in the Valley,” he said. “We love him. He really trains us very well and we all swam to the best of our ability. The camaraderie on this team is just amazing.”